The number of students earning their first undergraduate degree in 2016-17 (first-time graduates) was 2,232,069, a slight decrease of 0.3 percent compared to 2015-16 (Figure 1). In contrast, the number of graduates earning their second or third undergraduate credential (graduates with prior awards) grew by 3.4 percent to 666,885. The overall number of students who earned an undergraduate degree in 2016-17 was 2,898,954 a 0.5 percent increase from 2015-16.

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